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Head Coach Amaker To Remain At Harvard

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Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Head basketball coach Tommy Amaker is staying at Harvard.

Amaker, rumored to be in the running for the head coaching job at the University of  Miami, has decided to remain on the Crimson bench.

“I am appreciative of and flattered by the interest shown in me by other fine universities, but I am proud and honored to represent Harvard,” Amaker said in a release. “I look forward to continuing my efforts to teach, lead and serve at this great institution.”

Read: Haravard’s Amaker Named NABC Coach of the Year

In just four seasons at the helm of the Crimson, Amaker has led Harvard to it’s first-ever Ivy title, it’s two winningest seasons in program history and two consecutive postseason appearances.

Amaker’s Crimson have defeated five BCS Conference teams, and he was honored as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Coach of the Year this past season.

Harvard had its winningest season in program history with 23 victories in 2010-11 and earned a share of its first Ivy League title by beating Princeton, 79-67, March 5. Harvard also posted a perfect record at home, going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion throughout the season.

Read: Harvard’s Keith Wright Named Ivy League Player of the Year

Following the regular season, the Crimson participated in an Ivy League playoff for the first time and earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), also a program first, becoming the first Ivy League school to play in the NIT since 2003. Amaker was honored as a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, given to the top mid-major coach in Division I basketball this past season.

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